Virtual variety shows entertain care home residents


A young people’s charity is keeping care home residents entertained during the coronavirus pandemic.

YOPEY, whose face to face, care home befriending schemes have been stopped by lockdown, has continued to support elderly residents through its virtual variety shows.

YOPEY founder, Tony Gearing MBE, said: “We know elderly people love hearing about young people’s lives from the success of our YOPEY Befriender schemes.

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“Through YOPEY Virtual Variety Shows and YOPEY letters, care homes’ residents can continue to hear about young people’s lives.

“Our young volunteers also want to show the residents that they are in the thoughts of people outside their care home. That the young still care about the old even though they cannot meet.

“None of the young people are professional performers, but I think that just adds to the charm of our YOPEY Virtual Variety Shows.”

The first YOPEY Virtual Variety Show can be found on YouTube by searching for ‘YOPEY Befriender’. Acts include a Miss England finalist singing a wartime classic, a young poet laureate reading one of her poems, young comedians and a pop band, a pianist and a violinist. The 21-minute show ends with a singalong.

Care home staff are asked to subscribe to the YOPEY Befriender channel on YouTube so the charity can keep track of how many care homes are watching the shows.

If your care home cannot play the YouTube video, email requesting a digital copy of the first show and future shows.

YOPEY has sent thousands of letters by its hundreds of young volunteers by email to over 200 care homes nationwide. More care homes are welcome to join this free scheme by emailing a request to

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